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American Idol 2, April 30: Love Won't Keep Us Togetherby David Bloomberg -- 05/01/2003
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Ryan Seacrest begins another hour-long Results Show. However, never let it be said that the producers can't laugh at themselves. Ryan notes that the signs are getting more creative and points to one that says, "Get to the Results!" "Don't be ridiculous," Ryan says. We have an hour together. Yes, we know.
But they do manage to fill it pretty well. No stupid questions from the audience, for example. Instead, we will see Justin Guarini, Tamyra Gray, Burt Bacharach, we'll visit the X2 premiere, and then, Ryan notes, we'll kick someone off.
So he introduces the judges and contestants - the latter, he says, were stuck in an elevator just a few minutes before the show. Ah, the perils of a live show. He says viewers voted in the millions. Hmmm. No record, not even a number. Just "in the millions."
We have a recap of what happened last night, but if you want to know what happened, you can just read my recap from last night's show.
Last night, one of the songs they each sang was from the '60s, so the final five perform a medley of '60s songs. All do well… except, well, Josh. And don't even get me started on his attempts to dance a little during the first part. He looked like the stereotype of a bad white boy dancing. It just wasn't pretty.
After that performance, it's time for Burt Bacharach to return. As we all know, he recorded "What the World Need Now Is Love" with the top 10 for the AI2 CD (you can read my review of the CD here). To make sure the song is filled out, they bring back "four familiar faces." Hmmm. I'm doing the math in my head. There are five now. Four more. That's only nine. Wonder who they didn--- oh. Yeah. I guess they didn't invite Corey back. Never mind. Anyway, the performance is a bit more interesting than the CD version, probably because we can actually watch them.
From there we skip to an embedded commercial in which "Do You Believe in Magic?" plays as Ruben and Josh make a Ford appear and then change, with Clay then getting out of it. Moving on.
Now it's time for a visit with Tamyra Gray on the set of Boston Public, where she has a recurring role. Well, actually, "now" is a relative term, since Kimberly Caldwell and Carmen Rasmusen are still with the group. So I guess it was actually a couple weeks ago. Anyway, Tamyra tells them that after AI, anything is possible - even if you are voted off before somebody with significantly less talent. OK, she didn't actually say that last part. But you know she wanted to.
Then we move from fourth place to second (thankfully skipping third) in last year's show, inviting Justin Guarini to the stage. The women in the crowd go wild. Even Kelly Clarkson is in the crowd - must be interesting being on the other side of the stage.
Ryan asks what Justin has been up to. Well, he is readying his new album, due in stores June 10 (which you can order from Amazon.com even though it doesn't have an official title yet). He has been working with people like Babyface and The Underdogs (some of the same people who worked on Kelly's album, and who have also been working with Tamyra). So, Ryan asks, what really happened with him and Kelly? Justin responds that they made a movie together! Heh. Then he says they are just friends. Kelly yells from the audience to Ryan, "You just never give up!"
Justin sings "I Saw Your Face" from the upcoming album. It's a ballad with a nice, kinda R&B beat to it. He starts off nicely and just gets better as it goes. He even gives the trademarked Justin sideways glance at the camera that so many women grew to love last season.
Jumping back to the current contestants, we're still not ready for results. Instead, it's time for a movie premiere! The final five are whisked to the premiere of X2, limo and all. There they meet all sorts of stars, like Alice Cooper, Franie Munoz, David Hasselhoff, etc. Hey, there's Kim Caldwell doing reporting duties! And after it's done, they plug the movie like some man-on-the-street commercial.1 2 Next-->
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